Mar 21, 2009

A Sense of Proportion?

All you congresscritters and plutocrats that are fuming about, and protesting against AIG executives?


Maybe if financial execs threatened you with beheadings instead of mere embarrassment you could let them off the hook and release them back into the community.

But now you feign outrage at the bonuses awarded to people who do real work according to a contract with measurable parameters. 175 million or so? Most Americans realize that it's not a great amount in the face of a Trillion. And 175 million, as long as we're setting up Bad Examples, is maybe about a dollar per American taxpayer. (Not per citizen, mind you.)

Why, our Government wastes that much every day on useless printing of unreadable, laughable, fictional budgets.

Get a grip.


7 comments:

mushroom said...

What did they expect AIG to do with the money? Invest in politicians?

Betsy said...

If you're the type to think it's okay that they get away with confiscating other people's money then you shouldn't be surprised if they decide to confiscate yours next. You'd think we were back in the USSR. Those critters didn't have a problem voting themselves a pay raise this year - and yet they are "outraged" at a contract that was in the legislation that THEY wrote but probably most never read in part much less entirely before voting it through. Scoundrels and thieves, the lot of them. I'm seriously going to become a Libertarian. Or a contrarian. Anything but continuing business as usual. Grrrrr.

Hammer said...

During the bailout there was specific language in the stimulous that said AIG could use the mmoney to pay these bonuses.

They all knew it...then when the public found out, congress and the president are all finger pointing and knee jerking.

It seems that monkeys are running the zoo.

Robin Starfish said...

The AIG bonus non-scandal is an IED for Obama. It's kinda fun watching him stride right into the tripwire like the Olympian god he is.

Ex-Dissident said...

Hammer, I believe some of the congressmen are genuine in their outrage about these bonuses. After all, most of them did not read this bill before they voted in favor of it. I would love to see a law pass that required these politicians to read before they voted. If they can't read, they should not be in office, or at least they should be barred from voting until they pass a reading comprehension test.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Mushroom said...
What did they expect AIG to do with the money? Invest in politicians?

Um, too late. When are Obama, Dodd, Franks, etc., gonna give back those nice sized contributions they received?

John in May-retta said...

I read the other day that a US Representative is paid $174,000 a year, about three times what I made when I was working. And they're complaining about bonuses? If they had been paying attention when they bailed out AIG, maybe they could complain now. As it stands, we should fire everyone who voted for the bailout for dereliction of duty.